Volkswagen reveals tiny T-Cross SUV for Europe

Volkswagen reveals tiny T-Cross SUV for Europe

Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off its new T-Cross, a Polo-sized crossover bound for South Africa that slots into the brand's burgeoning global crossover line-up below the T-Roc.

Unveiled in Europe with no plans for a United States launch, the T-Cross appears to borrow its design language from the larger T-Roc.

Internationally, the T-Cross would be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that is tuned to in two different states of tunes - 94 Bhp and 113 Bhp. Buyers can also opt for a 1.6-liter turbodiesel mill and eventually a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine with 148 horsepower.

To feed the SUV-addicted markets, Volkswagen plans to have more than 30 SUV and crossover models on sale by the middle of next decade.

The T-Cross will start at 17,975 euros (~$20,400 USD) when it arrives in European showrooms. After all, as Volkswagen said in a statement on Thursday, the automaker expects fully half of its sales will "probably be an SUV" by 2025. There's no clarity on the diesel engine for the India-spec SUV as Volkswagen is rumoured to ditch the 1.5-litre TDI post the implementation of BSVI emission norms in April 2020. Move the seat forward for greater passenger room and boot capacity drops to 385 litres, which is still larger than the boot of a VW Golf. This SUV was earlier previewed as the Skoda Vision X. The production-spec SUV will see stiff competition from the likes of the Nissan Kicks, the Tata Harrier, Renault Captur and the Hyundai Creta, and this means the model should come with premium interiors and a long feature list as well.

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The face of the T-Cross gets wider wraparound headlamps and grille.

The smartphone applications accessible via the T-Cross's 8-inch touch screen (which are compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) can also be controlled with voice commands.

Along with the platform, the Skoda SUV will share a few body panels from the T-Cross, along with many interior bits like the dashboard, seats, and tech.

On the tech side, there's induction charging for smartphones, up to four USB ports as well as other intuitive on-board functions. Equipment includes pedestrian monitoring and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping and lane-changing assistance.

Depending on the engine, the little SUV comes with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Volkswagen is also now developing market-specific versions of the T-Cross for South America and China. Globally, the T-Cross will be offered in two versions with the European market getting the short wheelbase version, while emerging markets will get the long wheelbase version.

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